EDF’s Oil & Gas Program has set an ambitious goal is to achieve a 45% cut in global methane pollution by 2025 — in an effort to cut the warming expected over the next 20 years by the same amount as closing one third of the world’s coal-fired power plants. EDF has launched the first phase of this global strategy in North America, catalysing ground-breaking scientific studies to illuminate the scope of the problem and then helped secure significant methane reduction pledges from Canada, Mexico, and the US - at both the state and federal level. Now EDF is turning our attention to other regions of the world.
Europe, home to both globally leading oil and gas companies and many of the world’s most influential scientific research organisations, can play a significant role. And as a major consumer of natural gas, Europe presents an opportunity to reduce emissions in the near-term within its borders and leverage its influence as a major gas purchaser to demand better practices from the countries in which gas is produced. EDF has recently established a European affiliate, Environmental Defense Fund Europe, which strengthens our global presence.
Under the direction of EDF’s Vice President, Climate & Energy, and with support from the European Executive Director, the European Methane Policy Director will play a leading role in executing EDF’s European strategy for methane, focused on achieving the following: stronger commitments among countries and companies in Europe to quantify, report and reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry consistent with achieving the global reduction goal of 45% by 2025.
Working as part of a new International Oil and Gas Team at EDF, the director will pursue this goal via a diverse set of strategies for engaging with policy makers, global oil and gas companies based in Europe, industry associations, investors, and the scientific community. He/she will implement targeted advocacy campaigns, build strategic coalitions, and develop relationships with key decision-maker and opinion leaders. This position will work in close coordination with EDF science, industry engagement, communications, and policy/technical teams to support these efforts.
Ideal candidates will have a proven track record strategising and implementing policy advocacy campaigns in Europe, demonstrated knowledge of energy issues, strong communication and relationship management skills, and high degree of comfort with scientific and technical content.
The Director will orchestrate a unified strategy for reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry that applies four key levers: policy, industry, investors, and science. The director will not be responsible for implementing each individual strategy, but will instead coordinate across multiple EDF teams, partners, and consultants.
Specifically, key areas of responsibility and oversight include:
Education and Experience
2-3 times/month, for 1-2 days at a time.
Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant’s qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.
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